Macrame Earrings: Diagonal Double Half Hitch Knot

You can find cute macrame earrings in almost any boutique right now. But why buy them when you can spend 10 minutes and $1 in yarn to make your own. Seriously they are “knot” hard! (hee hee hee…get it?)

I actually made these earrings about a month ago but I have been so consumed with making ALL of my summer fashion that I haven’t found the time to come over here and get a written tutorial down.

Check out my channel to see everything I have been making this summer!

But, these earrings have been one of my more popular videos (already racking up almost 1,000 views this month) AND I have had some requests to put a written/photo tutorial out here (thanks Amber!) because you know how watching videos on the internet can be… (hint: unreliable!)

So here it finally is!

PS: It was a lot harder to take photos of this process than I expected, so be sure to check out the video to see it done in action!


All you need for for these earrings is some 100% cotton yarn in a medium weight and some kind of earring hoop. I used Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream 100% cotton yarn in white (and by the way you might as well by the big roll because you can make everything out of this yarn! Even this granny square festival top with fringe!)

I bought several packages of these hoops and earrings at Joanne’s fabric. But you could also definitely up cycle any pair of boring earrings you already own.

So let’s get right to it...

First cut 5 pieces of 18” long yarn. This is longer than you will need, but it makes it a little easier to work with in my opinion and then at the end we will cut off the ends for a nice even edge. It is also a great idea to tape your earring hoop to a table to make it easier to tie your knots.

5 pieces of 18” yarn cut with my earring hoop taped down.

5 pieces of 18” yarn cut with my earring hoop taped down.

Next fold your first string in half and then insert the loop side of your string through the hoop from the top.

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Macrame Earrings Tutorial.JPG

Then pull the loose ends of the string up through from underneath the loop so that the knot is on the front of your strings.

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Then just pull it tight!

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Do that with all 5 pieces of yarn and you are ready to start the diagonal double half hitch knots.

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Begin by pulling the left center string all the way across the other strings at a diagonal to the left. This will be your lead string and you will tie every knot that goes to the left around this string.

Lead String pulled to a diagonal left across the rest of the strings to the left.

Lead String pulled to a diagonal left across the rest of the strings to the left.

To make the first knot, first make sure that next string to the left, that you will be using to tie the knot, is under your lead string. Then pull it up and around, going back down through the loop that was created to make the knot.

Remember: keep the same lead string as your lead string, then tie a second knot around your lead string with the same string you just used to tie your first knot.

Now move on to the next adjacent string to the left. You will tie two knots with that string in the same way that you did the last two knots.

Continue, always using that same lead string, until you have made two knots with each string to your left. When you are done you should have 8 total knots to the left.

completed left diagonal of the double half hitch knots

completed left diagonal of the double half hitch knots

Now do the same exact thing to the right using the center right string as your lead string all the way across.

You will have 8 knots on the right diagonal when you are done too.

Both the left and right diagonal complete with double half hitch knots

Both the left and right diagonal complete with double half hitch knots

The next part is optional but I like to include two square knots in the center of my diamond to add a little interest. Continue to keep the two lead strings that you were just using out to the sides and DO NOT include them in your square knots. You will use the next two most outer strings to complete the square knots.

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To make the first side of a square knot, pull the left outer string (leaving your lead strings alone!) across the inside 6 strings. Make sure your outer right string still stays on top of that string as it crosses. Then pull the outer right string under the 6 inside strings and up through the loop that was made by your left outer string as you crossed it over at the beginning. Pull your two strings tight. This is the first half of a square knot.

To complete your square knot you will do that exact same thing but from the reverse sides. Begin by pulling your outer right string across the 6 inside strings, keeping your outer left string on top. Then pull that outer left string under your 6 strings and up through the loop. Tighten your two outer strings and you have completed one square knot.

I like to do a second square knot, but starting from the other direction, to make it look more symmetrical but that is totally optional too!

Two square knots

Two square knots

Now it is time to go back in with the lead strings to close the diamond shape. Again you will use the two outermost strings as lead strings the entire time.

To begin, bring your left lead string to diagonal line heading into the middle. Now just as you did before, make sure your next string is under your lead string. Bring that string around from under your lead string and back through the loop to create the knot.

Do two knots for every string on the left side of your earring as you go towards the center. You should again have 8 knots when you are done with that side.

left diagonal knots complete

left diagonal knots complete

Do the same on the right side to bring the right lead string back into the center.

Right diagonal knots complete

Right diagonal knots complete

To close of the bottom of the diamond, bring your left lead string over the top of your right lead string. Pull the right lead string up from under the left string and back down through the loop for a final knot.

Now you can go back to step one and do diagonal double half hitch knots with your center left string as the lead string, bringing the lead string diagonally to the outside left again.

Left double half hitch knots to the outside

Left double half hitch knots to the outside

And then of course repeat on the right side!

Right double half hitch knots to the right complete

Right double half hitch knots to the right complete

The final step is to do two square knots at the bottom. This time use the two outer lead strings to do the square knots to complete the earring.

Two square knots

Two square knots

Cut all the ends to an even length at whatever length you prefer!

Cut the ends off to make them even

Cut the ends off to make them even

To finish your earrings, take each of the fringe strands and unravel them. Since this is 4 ply yarn, each strand is made from 4 thinner pieces of yarn.

separating the fringe

separating the fringe

And here are your finished earrings!

DIY Macrame Earrings

DIY Macrame Earrings

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xoxo

Ash